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SusannaG

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Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Trio for Blunt Instruments
Rex Stout
Progress: 20 %
A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael
Ellis Peters
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %

Cleopatra's Daughter

Cleopatra's Daughter - Michelle Moran

A slight whiff of YA - probably because the narrator, Cleopatra's daughter Selene - is an adolescent - but an enjoyable read.  Good historical accuracy, from what I could see.

 

Octavian/Augustus is the cool political operator, Livia a stone-cold bitch, Julia a flighty but beautiful teenager, Marcellus the golden boy, Tiberius the would-be general, Octavia endlessly kind, Agrippa unfailingly loyal, Juba brave, Alexander (Selene's twin) the lover of horses, while the younger children (familiar to those who have read I, Claudius), Drusus ("Germanicus"), Tonia ("Antonia") and Vipsania are all mostly mentioned in passing.

 

Slavery, and how Rome deals with it, are a constant thread throughout the novel, and, I thought, well-handled.

 

Also there are both an author's note, and a glossary of period terms.  Bonus points for that.

 

If I had a teenaged daughter, I'd happily suggest this novel.